Learn about surgical procedures and medical care of the Civil War period at a special living history program at Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site on Saturday, April 23. The event is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is free. Rain date for the program is April 30.
The program will be presented by Civil War medical historian and living history interpreter Von Barron, who will portray a regimental surgeon in a field hospital setting that features a variety of medical tools and equipment of the era. Visitors can also meet Civil War African American nurse Susie King Taylor, who will be portrayed by Heather Butts, author of the book African-American Medicine in Washington, D.C.: Healing the Capital during the Civil War Era.
The Museum exhibit, “Medical Care for the Civil War Soldier,” will be on view, which includes information on Alexandria’s vital role as a hospital center for the Union Army.
Fort Ward is the best preserved of the extensive system of Union forts known as the Defenses of Washington. Fort Ward Museum offers exhibits, programs and special events throughout the year. Fort Ward is located at 4301 West Braddock Road in the West end of Alexandria. For more information, please call the Museum at 703-746-4848, or visit www.fortward.org.